Queen Elizabeth Invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Church
Things were looking rocky for a moment between Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and the British royal family. However, now that the Sussexes have returned to the U.K. to complete their final duties as senior working members of the British royal family, it appears that all is well.
In early January 2020 — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned the royals when they announced their intent to step back as working members of the royal family. Though the pair had hinted at their unhapiness previously — no one expected the duo to throw in the towel.
Still, the royals worked diligently and quickly with the Sussexes to come up with a concrete plan for Megxit. Unfortunately, when the prince and the duchess were told they could no longer be branded Sussex Royal — the relationship soured. Now it appears that Queen Elizabeth is determined to make things right.
Megxit has been very hurtful for Queen Elizabeth
Megxit has been extremely challenging for Queen Elizabeth. She particularly did not enjoy the Sussexes’ response to her banning them from using Sussex Royal.
“The queen has been keen to get this resolved because she sees it damaging to the monarchy and on a personal level I think this has been rather hurtful for her,” a source told Vanity Fair. “She has got to the point where she doesn’t want to think about it anymore, she just wants it over and done with.”
Since Megxit followed the fallout of Prince Andrew’s scandalous interview about Jefferey Epstein, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. “She’s so disappointed that her own grandchild would heap so much embarrassment on the monarchy and bring all this unwanted attention on his family at the worst possible time,” an alleged insider told US Weekly.
Queen Elizabeth respects Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision
Despite the drama, the queen respects her grandson and granddaughter-in-law. “She has a particular sensitivity to what Harry has been going through because of her closeness to Margaret and seeing the same dramas and tensions played out two generations ago,” royal biographer Robert Lacey told People. In the weeks following Megxit she released a statement saying,
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.
Also, days after Megxit was announced, the queen wore her Canadian sapphire jubilee brooch, designed in the shape of a snowflake as a sign of tribute to the pair. “Truly, Elizabeth II’s quiet, devastating trolling through fashion could inspire an assassin,” Sali Hughes, author of Our Rainbow Queen once wrote.
Queen Elizbeth invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to church as a sweet gesture
Since they haven’t spent much time in the U.K. in recent months –the queen wanted to make sure she had some quality time with the Sussexes before they returned to Canada. The monarch invited the Sussexes to join her for church service in Windsor on Sunday morning.
“It was a really sweet gesture that the Queen asked them to church,” a source explained to People. “It’s telling in the sense that these two are still her family. And as a family, they all love each other.”
When Prince Harry arrived back in the U.K. in late February he also had a quiet lunch with her grandmother to connect and catch up.